OSU Today

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Today in the News Media

Today in the News Media is a synopsis of some of the most prominent coverage of OSU people and programs. Inclusion of any item constitutes neither an endorsement nor a critique, but rather is intended only to make the OSU community aware of significant items in the media.

Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad MOOC? (Chronicle of Higher Education)

Oregon State’s Andrew Valls talks about his own experience creating a hybrid course.

Swimming beneath the brinicles in Antarctica (Wired)

Dr. Andrew Thurber (Oregon State University) is one of the few scientists who has seen brinicle growth firsthand.  As a Postdoctoral Fellow supported by the National Science Foundation’s Office of Polar Programs, he’s investigating the impact of animal predation on microbial communities and nutrient cycles in the oceans around Antarctica.

Researchers study unleashing wasp to crush stink bug invasion (KATU) 

A team of researchers at Oregon State University is trying to make sure a species of stink bug doesn’t overtake Oregon. They say all signs are there that the pest is poised to make farmlands its next frontier. That could lead to an economic catastrophe. (see also KVAL)

Dalai Lama’s visit, Tibetan Buddhism in Oregon (OregonLive)

Live chat transcript of discussion that includes OSU associate professor of philosophy James Blumenthal.

Statistics professor named dean of OSU’s College of Science (India West)

Oregon State University has named Sastry Pantula, a statistics professor at North Carolina State University who since 2010 has served as director of the National Science Foundation’s Division of Mathematical Sciences, as dean of OSU’s College of Science.

Weekly poem, ‘Ward’ (PBS)

A poem by OSU’s Karen Holmberg.

Climate change subject of next Albany science pub (Statesman Journal)

What pairs well with pub grub? A hefty pint o’ science, of course. To indulge in some, head down to Albany’s Calapooia Brewery May 8 for another edition of Science Pub.

BBQs, queer campouts and drag races: OSU Pride Week 2013 (Corvallis Advocate)

Pride Week is returning to Corvallis, flying rainbow flags higher than ever. The local LGBTQ community—headed by Oregon State’s Rainbow Continuum—invites all OSU students and members of the Corvallis community to join them for the events they have lined up for this year’s celebration of diversity and acceptance.

People pick of the week: George Estreich (People Magazine)

OSU visiting professor George Estreich’s memoir about Down Syndrome, “The Shape of the Eye,” is reviewed.

Report outlines emerging mobile mapping technology (Statesman Journal)

“A lot of people and professionals still don’t even know what mobile LiDAR is or what it can do,” said Michael Olsen, an assistant professor of civil engineering at Oregon State University, and lead author of the new report, “and the technology is changing so fast it’s hard for anyone, even the experts, to keep up.”

Native storyteller slates two appearances (Gazette-Times)

Native American author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac will make two appearances in Corvallis this week. At 3 p.m. Friday, he will give a talk titled “Seeing Nature Through a Native American Language” at Oregon State University’s new Native American Longhouse, 311 S.W. 26th St.

My map of Boston as I remember it (Oregonian)

A letter by OSU writing instructor Kirstin Griffin.

Wildlife impact database project enters phase II (North American Wind Power)

The RIS is being built for AWWI with technical support from Oregon State University’s Northwest Alliance for Computational Science & Engineering

“Desperdicios” del vino pueden ser complementos alimentarios (Todovinos: Chile)

Un equipo de investigadores de la Oregon State University (OSU) ha descubierto cómo convertir la pulpa de uvas trituradas en productos con diversas utilidades, entre ellas como conservante natural de alimentos, mejora nutricional en productos horneados o materiales de embalaje biodegradables. (A team of researchers from OSU has discovered how to convert grape pulp from wine into a diverse number of products, a Chilean wine blog reports)


NEW! Pride Week 2013: Celebrate Pride Week May 5-12! This year’s theme is Pride: The Next Generation. Events include: Deconstructing Gender; Make Your Own Sex Toys; Queer, Undocumented, and Unafraid; Crossroads Within—Performances at the Intersection of Identity; Queer Camp Out; and more! Stay up to date with all of the events on Facebook

Graduate workshops: The OSU Libraries Spring Graduate Student and Faculty Workshop Series rounds out with sessions on Graduate Student Grant Financial Support (May 7) and Data Management (May 8). View session descriptions and register to attend at: http://bit.ly/graduate_workshops Questions?  Contact Hannah.Rempel@oregonstate.edu

Agricultural Awareness Day (Ag Day): There will be College of Agricultural Sciences clubs and various agriculture business vendors in the Memorial Union Quad from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 7. The theme for Ag Day this year is “Preserving Tradition. Agvocating Today. Growing Tomorrow.”

The New Jim Crow Book Discussion: Students, staff and faculty are invited to an informal discussion of Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.  We will meet on Tuesday, May 7 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Furman 303.  More information is available at http://blogs.oregonstate.edu/culturalandlinguisticdiversity.

Corvallis Climate Change Impacts Community Seminar Series: Henry Lee of the EPA will speak on “Tree-ring Based History of Climate and Disease in Western Oregon Forests,” May 7, 2 to 2:50 p.m., ALS 4000.

U.S. Diplomats—America’s Best Kept Secret: Jason Frohnmayer, a former MAIS student, will share his experiences as a diplomat in a brief speech about the U.S. Foreign Service followed by a Q&A with the audience. This event, sponsored by Speech Communication, will take place on Tuesday, May 7, from 4 – 5 p.m., in Willamette East (3622) in Valley Library.

Culture Shock: APASU, hosting a cultural show in the MU Ballroom with a variety of entertainment from OSU students. Admission is free but space is limited. Tuesday, May 7 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Upcoming Events

NEW! OSU Horticulture Club plant sale: May 8-10, noon to 5 p.m., The East Greenhouses. Fuchsias $15 and geraniums $5 or five for $20.

NEW! Annual Meeting & Member Social: The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) will hold its Annual Meeting and Member Social on Wed., May 8, 2:30 to 5 p.m., in the OSU Foundation Board Room, 35th & Western. President Ray and OSURA Scholarship winners will highlight the meeting. Members and their guests welcome.

NEW! Native American storyteller: Noted Native American author and storyteller Joseph Bruchac will perform in Corvallis on Thursday, May 9, and then give a talk the following day at Oregon State University’s new Native American Longhouse. Both events are free and open to the public. Bruchac will perform “Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Music,” on May 9 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. His talk at the longhouse on Friday, May 10, “Seeing Nature through a Native American Language,” begins at 3 p.m.

NEW! PCOSW general meeting: The President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW) welcomes all to a general meeting on Friday, May 10 at noon in Women’s Center. As a direct link to President Ray, PCOSW actively helps women on campus to succeed, creates awareness of women’s issues, and investigates and advocates against sexism and institutional sexism. Please visit http://oregonstate.edu/leadership/pcosw/home

NEW! Pride Week Drag Show: Come see your favorite Drag Queens and Drag Kings perform on May 10, at 8 p.m. in the Memorial Union Ballroom! Free tickets are available in MU 103 while supplies last, limit 2 per person.

NEW! Carmen Steggell’s retirement reception: The School of Design and Human Environment in the College of Business will celebrate the career and retirement of Dr. Carmen D. Steggell. The reception will be held in the Hawthorne Suite, room 119 of Milam Hall from 3 to 5pm on Friday, May 10. Remarks will start at 3:30 p.m.

NEW! The University Honors College Thesis Fair: Friday, May 17, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Gallery and Rotunda on the main floor of the Valley Library. This annual spring event celebrates the research accomplishments of graduating Honors students.  Students will be on hand to discuss their thesis work, whether complete or still in progress. Information: http://honors.oregonstate.edu/thesis-fair

NEW! Rulemaking hearing: Oregon State University will hold a rulemaking hearing on May 28 at 1 p.m., MU 206. The purpose of the hearing is to receive public comment regarding changes to the University’s Fee Book, as well as updates to the process for requesting use of tables, carts, booths and similar structures for free speech activities.  For more information, including copies of all of the proposed rules, and to make arrangements for accommodations, please contact Beth Giddens at beth.giddens@oregonstate.edu.

Afternoon Public Sale at the OSUsed Store: The OSUsed Store is open for its public sale Wednesday, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at 644 SW 13th Street. Personal purchases must be made during public sales. Departments may shop 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or during public sales on Wednesdays. For more information, visit our website.

Annual Meeting & Member Social: The OSU Retirement Association (OSURA) will hold its Annual Meeting and Member Social on Wed., May 8, 2:30 – 5 p.m., in the OSU Foundation Board Room, 35th & Western. President Ray and OSURA Scholarship winners will highlight the meeting. Members and their guests welcome.

Semester at Sea Networking Social: May 8, 5 p.m. in the International Resource Center. Free. This event will link past, present, future, and prospective students, as well as staff/faculty who have previously sailed with Semester at Sea. Refreshments will be provided. Email malorie.reimer@oregonstate.edu for questions and RSVP.

Cultural Bites: LEAP@OSU, a diversity council group invites OSU students and community members to partake in cultural dishes made by OSU students. Brief demos and recipes will be shown. Please pick up a free ticket at Snell Hall’s SLI desk while supplies last. Wednesday, May 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the MU Ballroom.

US Student Fulbright Program: Informational meetings for the US Student Fulbright program will be held during spring term. Deadline: Monday Sept. 30, 2013 for 2014-15 academic year abroad. All applications of students currently enrolled at Oregon State must apply through the Campus Fulbright Program Adviser (FPA) LeAnn Adam. The application cycle for the 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. student program will open in May. Meetings are May 9, noon to 1 p.m; May 21, 3 to 4 p.m.; and June 3, noon to 1 p.m., all at Heckart Lodge 205. More Info: LeAnn Adam (leann.adam@oregonstate.edu) OSU Fulbright Program Adviser, and see the US Student Fulbright Web site: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

“The Misanthrope:” The Oregon State University Theatre will present Molière’s wild and witty comedy classic “The Misanthrope” starting May 9. Performances are scheduled May 9-11 and May 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and May 19 at 2 p.m. at OSU’s Withycombe Hall Theater. Tickets for the production are $12 for general admission, $10 for seniors, $8 for students/youth, and $5 for OSU students. For more information or ticket purchases, contact OSU Theatre Box Office 541-737-2784 or purchase tickets online at http://oregonstate.edu/dept/theatre/

Lectures and webinars

NEW! How will climate change impact you as an Oregonian?: Kathie Dello, associate director of the Oregon Climate Change Research Institute, will talk about climate change impacts in Oregon at a science pub sponsored by the Center for Sustainable Materials Chemistry and the Calapooia Brewery, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, May 8 at the Calapooia Brewery, 140 Hill St. NE, Albany.

NEW! In hot water: At the May 9 meeting of Triad, OSU’s faculty and staff club, Adam Schultz of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences will discuss what electromagnetic currents in the Earth’s crust tell us about continental collisions and volcanoes. Triad meets in the MU, room 109A, from noon to 1 p.m. Guests are welcome to attend free of charge and pay $11 if they have lunch. Contact Nick Houtman, 541-737-0783, to save a seat.

NEW! Distinguished Professor Lecture: Joseph Beckman, Distinguished Professor, Biochemistry and Biophysics will speak Tues., May 21, 9 a.m. in the MU Journey Room. His lecture is titled, The Linus Pauling Institute and the Environmental Health Sciences Center:  Why study ALS at OSU?” The title of Distinguished Professor is the highest designation and academic honor that OSU bestows on faculty.  This event is part of Recognizing Excellence.

NEW! Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP Training:  The Office of Sponsored Programs will offer training on the Cayuse 424 and Cayuse SP proposal system on May 29, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.,  in Memorial Union (MU) 211.  Any interested faculty and/or staff are welcome, but attendance is limited to 35.  Send an e-mail to sponsored.programs@oregonstate.edu in order to reserve a space.  This session will be offered at least monthly throughout 2013.

Student Media Presents guest speaker Brian Wheeler: Brian Wheeler is the voice of the Portland Trail Blazers. He will be speaking about his experience in radio, Wednesday, May 8 from noon to 1 p.m. in the KBVR Large TV Studio (Memorial Union East/Snell).

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife seminars: Craig McClain, Assistant Director of Science, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, Durham, NC. : The Energetic Niche: lessons from deep-sea systems. May 8, Nash 206, 4 p.m.

Psychological Science series: “Seasonal Pathways to Depressive Symptoms in Young Adult Women.”  The third talk of the School of Psychological Science spring colloquium series, given by David Kerr and Sarina Saturn. May 8, 4 to 5 p.m. Willamette West Room in the Valley Library. Admission is free and open to all OSU researchers.  For more information on the colloquium series and a schedule of future talks, please see the SPS homepage: http://oregonstate.edu/cla/psych_science

Workshop on coaching: Space is still available in “You Don’t Have To Go It Alone: The essence of coaching,” a follow-up workshop presented by Paul Axtell scheduled for May 9, 8 to 10 a.m. This workshop is designed for faculty and staff who have attended “Conversational Skills” in previous years. This workshop will explore coaching as a way create more possibility for you. Visit http://oregonstate.edu/training/course_list.php?cat_id=32 for workshop details and to register by May 7.

Ava Helen presentation: “Ava Helen Pauling: Wife, Mother, Gadfly, Activist”: A presentation by Mina Carson, OSU history professor. Thursday, May 9, 2013. 8 p.m. Oregon Historical Society, 1200 SW Park Avenue, Portland.

LL Stewart Scholars Lecture-: Susan Shaw, Professor, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will speak Mon., May 20, 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m. in the MU Journey Room. Her lecture is titled, “How to Build a School or 10 Things I Learned from Realignment”.  This LL Stewart Scholars Lecture demonstrates the accomplishments of the L.L. Stewart Faculty Scholar Program.  This event is part of Recognizing Excellence.

News for Employees

NEW! Fall 2013 On-campus Housing Move-In:  This coming Fall 2013 move-in for the residence halls and co-operative houses will take place on Tuesday Sept. 24 and Wednesday Sept. 25. Much of campus will experience some impact including limited parking, street closures, and other delays. A taskforce is meeting monthly to evaluate these impacts and help reduce disruption to campus activities at those times. To see the Housing Move In schedule please visit: http://oregonstate.edu/uhds/move-in-guide.  Questions: Brian.Stroup@oregonstate.edu

OSUAA Community Day of Service, May 18: Join the OSU Alumni Association in giving back to OSU’s hometown during our annual community day of service. On Saturday, May 18 from 9 to noon we will be cleaning various sites around Corvallis. Visit www.osualum.com/service for more information and registration.

PaCS Presents Merchant Expo 2013: Just a reminder that Merchant Expo is happening at LaSells Stewart Center on Thursday, May 30.  Find out additional information and register online to attend at http://pacs.oregonstate.edu/merchantexpo/. Register by May 23 to have a chance to win a $50 Fred Meyer Gift Card! Get your photo taken with Benny Beaver, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Communication Tools and Techniques: A Professional Development Day hosted by PMI’s Willamette Valley Chapter in association with OSU College of Business, Business Solutions Group. May 31 from 8 a.m.  to 5 p.m. at the LaSells Stewart Center. Student PMIWV members Free; members $99; non-members $249; non-member Students $37 (for non-members price of admission includes membership). Details and Registration

Recognizing Excellence:  OSU Authors & Editors Recognition OSU Faculty members publish, on average, over 30 books each year. Make sure to stop by Valley Library Lobby during the entire month of May to view a selection of these books which are on display.

Career Services May 2013 Newsletter: The Career Services monthly newsletter is now available online (http://oregonstate.edu/career/sites/default/files/may_2013_newsletter.pdf). Check it out to learn what is happening this month in Career Services.

Asian Pacific Islander Month Display “The Fall of ’41: Students of Japanese Descent at Oregon State College”  shares the story of Japanese American students at OSC after the attack on Pearl Harbor. The exhibit can be found on the fifth floor of Valley Library in the display case across from the main elevators and will be up through the end of June. Find out more on the Oregon Multicultural Archives Blog Post and check out the Digital Collection in Flickr. For more information contact: Natalia Fernández, Oregon Multicultural Librarian, and visit the Oregon Multicultural Archives

AOP Boss of the Year Award: Nominate your outstanding Boss of the Year at http://oregonstate.edu/aop/awards-recognition. Deadline: May 7, at 5 p.m. Then attend the Wednesday, May 22 AOP Awards Luncheon. For questions, contact Laura.Collins@oregonstate.edu

Traffic and Maintenance

Parking lots near Goss: Oregon State University will no longer cover the cost of repairs for damages caused to vehicles parked in the faculty/staff and student lots near Goss Stadium, the Softball Complex, or Patrick Wayne Valley Stadium.  As a result, damage caused by fly/foul balls should be reported to private insurance carriers beginning June 1, 2013.  Signs identifying these parking areas as “park at your own risk” lots will be installed in the coming weeks.  If you have any questions or concerns regarding this policy change, please contact the Office of Risk Management at (541) 737-7252.


To apply for the below positions, visit http://jobs.oregonstate.edu unless otherwise specified:

The Office of Vice Provost for Student Affairs invites applications through May 7, for the Director of Student Affairs Research, Evaluation and Planning, a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position.  Posting: 0010510. Closes May 7.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Fiscal Coordinator 1 position. Posting # 0010543.  For full consideration apply by April 23. Closes May 7.

This recruitment will be used to fill one part-time (approximately 20 hours per week), academic year (9 month) Education Program Assistant 2 position for the Clackamas County Extension Office at OSU. This is a limited duration appointment expected to last approximately (2 years) from the appointment begin date. This position will be located in Oregon City, Oregon. Posting # 0010617. Closes May 9.

Cook 1 – University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS) invites current OSU employees to apply for an internal recruitment, full-time, 10-month, Cook 1 position.  Posting # 0010639.  Closes May 9.

The College of Liberal Arts invites applications for the position of Associate Dean. This is a 12-month, 1.0 FTE position.  The appointee to this position must be a tenured Associate or Full Professor at Oregon State University at the time of appointment. To apply for this position, please submit your resume/CV and a statement of interest to the search chair: Susana Rivera-Mills (Susana.Rivera-Mills@oregonstate.edu).  Deadline for full consideration of applicant materials is May 10 at 5 p.m.  Position will remain open until filled.  Email subject line for your submission should be Associate Dean.

The Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards (SCCS) is seeking a Coordinator, Community Conduct. This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed term professional faculty position. Posting # 0010569. Closes May 10.

College of Veterinary Teaching Hospital invites applications for 1.0 FTE Veterinary Animal Attendant.  Posting # 0010636. Closes May 13.

The Office of Admissions is accepting applications for one full-time Office Specialist 2 position. Posting #0010616. Closes May 13.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP)  seeks a Communication and Outreach Manager, full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting #0010601. Closes May 17.

The Aquaculture and Fisheries Collaborative Research Support Program (AquaFish CRSP) seeks a Faculty Research Assistant (Training, Gender, and Capacity Building Coordinator), full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term position. Posting # 0010602. Closes May 17.

The Extension 4-H Youth Development program (4-H), affiliated with OSU’s College of Public Health and Human Sciences  is accepting applications for one part-time (approximately 16 hours per week), Education Program Assistant 1 position for. This position will be located in Grants Pass, Ore. Posting # 0010635. Closes May 20.

The Health Sciences Business Center (HSBC) invites applicants for a full-time (1.0 FTE) 12-month, Trades/Maintenance Coordinator position. Posting #0010615. For full consideration apply by May 7.  Closes May 21.

Outreach and Engagement invites applications for two full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, fixed-term Oregon Open Campus Education Coordinators. One position will serve the Mid-Columbia Region and the second position will service the South West Region. The job location for each of these positions will depend upon the Region. Posting # 0010607.  Closes May 24.

The Agricultural Sciences and Marine Sciences Business Center is recruiting to fill one full-time, 12-month, classified Accountant 1 position.  Apply to posting #0010651.  Closes  May 27.

International Scholar Advisor – International Scholar and Faculty Services invites applications for a full-time (1.0 FTE), 12-month, International Scholar Advisor position. Posting #0010489. Closes May 31.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by April 30.  Applications will continue to be accepted after the “for-full consideration” date, until the position is filled. The closing date is subject to change without notice to applicants.

The College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 9-month, Instructor – Statistics position. Posting #0010598. Closes June 1.

The College of Business invites applications for a 1.0 FTE 9-month, Instructor – Business Law position. Posting #0010600. Closes June 1.


Corvallis: “Every year, back comes Spring, with nasty little birds yapping their fool heads off and the ground all mucked up with plants.”-  Dorothy Parker. Beautiful and sunny again today with a high of 78 and a low tonight of 47. Clouds will roll in this evening but it should be sunny again by tomorrow afternoon.

Central Oregon: Isolated thunderstorms today with a high of 76 and a low of 46. Sunny tomorrow.

Newport: Decreasing clouds today with a high of 57 and a low of 45.

Statewide: For OSU employees around the state, find your local forecast here: http://www.wrh.noaa.gov/pqr/


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